Who is Andrew Tate? ‘Big Brother’ star accused of promoting ‘rape culture’ to teenage audiences on TikTok

Several rape charities are calling on TikTok to remove the recordings of a controversial influencer and former ‘Big Brother’ contestant who is accused of promoting ‘rape culture’ to audiences as young as 13 on the platform. Andrew Tate, 35, a former kickboxer, recently went viral on TikTok for his arguably extreme views. The star has often drawn heavy criticism for his openly sexist views, but he’s also built a significant following who seem to share his beliefs. He has over 2.5 million followers on Instagram.

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Over the past three months, Chicago-born Tate, described as the “king of toxic masculinity”, has been searched on Google more than Donald Trump or Kim Kardashian. His net worth is estimated at $29 million, according to the Daily Mail. After being eliminated from the 17th season of ‘Big Brother UK’ in 2016, Andrew shot to fame through an online video. Okthe video appeared to show him using a belt to beat a woman while calling her a “bitch” and asking her to count her injuries.

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Since it was a role-playing game, according to Andrew, the woman in the video gave him her approval and they were still friends. In a statement on Facebook, he said at the time: “They cut all the sound because she LAUGHS in the video. And they cut the end of the video where she grabs the belt and hits me back while we both laugh. What bullshit a**t. It was 2012 and we were laughing.

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Later, Andrew was criticized for his outrageous statements following the #MeToo movement. According to Metro, he tweeted in 2017, “Sexual harassment is disgusting and inexcusable. However, a man staring at you, whistling at you, or asking your name is not harassment. Women have been trading sex for opportunity for a very long time. Some have. Were not mistreated. […] If you put yourself in a position to be raped, you must bare yourself [sic] some responsibility. »

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The posts were removed from Twitter following the suspension of his Twitter account. Nonetheless, he has since been able to create three more profiles to tweet from, and one of them was verified in January, despite his initial account being banned for violating Twitter’s media policy. . Andrew, who moved to Romania, recently revealed that it is easier to discharge rape charges in Eastern European countries. In a video message, he said: “I’m not a rapist, but I like the idea of ​​being able to do whatever I want. I love being free.” Her YouTube channel previously posted the video, but it was later taken down.

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Previously, Tate’s Romanian residence was searched in April 2022 as part of a human trafficking investigation. The raid was part of an investigation that began after it was claimed a lady was being held there against her will, according to a statement given to The Daily Beast by the Romanian Directorate for Organized Crime and Terrorism Investigations. Later, the investigation was expanded to examine “crimes of human trafficking and rape”. Later on their podcast, Andrew and his brother Tristan responded to these claims by calling them “false”.

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Helen D. Jessen